Morgan Takes 2015 Championship Lead At Snetterton

Dave Morgan took the lead of the 2015 Radical SR1 Cup at Snetterton this weekend after scooping wins in both races. A red flag interruption in Race 1 led to a thrilling four-lap restart, that saw Peter Tyler and SR1 Cup newcomer Sean Maloney take SR1 podiums for the first time. In Race 2 Morgan took the win ahead of championship rival Rob Watkins and Mark Richards.

Richards was the fastest driver in qualifying with a best lap time of 2:00.965 placing him on pole, for both races. Morgan would line up alongside on the front row too for both, with Watkins and Tyler comprising the Race 1 second row ahead of Mark Tisshaw and Lewis Gee. Off the starting line Morgan dived into the lead as Watkins also rose into second ahead of Richards, but this top three were tightly bunched over the opening stages. 

Behind them was a fantastic fight for fourth and fifth between Gee, Tyler and Kye Wheatley. Gee held fourth for two laps before Tyler could regain his position. With Wheatley on a charge the front-end of the field was very close over the first five laps until Paul Pearce’s retirement resulted in a red flag stoppage, and the race restarted for the last four laps to the line.

On the restart Tyler made a fantastic getaway to pressure Richards into a mistake, with the latter dropping back Tyler could briefly hold second before he too was passed for second by Barbadian racer Maloney could dive into second position, one lap before the chequered flag. This battle allowed Morgan to build a 10.4s buffer to take the win with just 0.5s splitting Maloney and Tyler, who in turn crossed the line only 0.4s ahead of Gee. 

SR1 returnee Philipp Thomas scored a fine drive to fifth position, just ahead of Tisshaw and Rob Ellice. Tyler’s third position meant he also scooped the Fangio Trophy honours ahead of Gee and Tony Barwell second and third in class respectively.

With Richards and Morgan comprising the Race 2 front row once more, Thomas lined up third alongside Tyler, with both ahead of the Watkins and Gee third row. Gee gained two places off the line to take third into the first corner, with the field tightly packed over the opening three laps. After a DNF in Race 1 Watkins was keen to make amends and on lap 3 found a way past Gee before closing to the tail of Richards. 

For four laps Richards could defend from Watkins before a last lap manoeuvre caused the pair to switch places, Morgan taking the win with Watkins second and Richards third. Gee held on to fourth and the Fangio Trophy win, just 0.9s up the road from Thomas and Maloney. A track penalty for Peter Tyler would see him drop to eighth behind Tisshaw but still collect second in the Fangio Trophy, just ahead of Andy Chittenden.

With only one event remaining, just 20 points separate new championship leader Morgan from Watkins at the top of the points table, and Lewis Gee and Mark Richards also still have a mathematical chance of the title. The action comes to a head on the 12 September on the incredible Brands Hatch GP circuit.
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